World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.
The WED celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
Through WED, the United Nations Environment Programme is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.
WED is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.
So what are you going to do for World Environment Day?
Established in 2002, the web portal www.MuslimHeritage.com was the first major project of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC). It is a unique online education community of Muslims and non-Muslims seeking to advance human civilisation through the study of Muslim heritage. Pioneered by FSTC, it is an ambitious project aimed at raising global awareness of the importance and relevance of this heritage.
FSTC would like to attract your attention to its articles related to environment and nature in this special World Environment Day:
Related Articles: Gardens of Islamby: Quoted from A. Watson The inhabitants of the early Islamic world were, to a degree that is difficult for us to comprehend, enchanted by greenery.
Gardens, Nature and Conservation in Islamby: Selected Quotes The notion, repeated in the Quran, of Paradise as a garden (al-janna, "The Garden") is symbolized in the form of Andalusi gardens, a few of which survive physically and some of which are described in literary sources.
Abbasid Gardens in Baghdad and Samarraby: Prof. Qasim Al-Samarrai The love of gardens during the Abbâsid period, whether in Baghdad or in Samarra, was born within the already existing cultural tradition of Mesopotamia, where the art of gardening had been perfected many centuries before.
Contribution of Ibn Sina to the development of Earth Sciencesby: Dr. Munim M. Al-Rawi Ibn Sina, better known in the West as Avicenna, has a leading contribution in his famous Encyclopaedia of Philosophy and Natural Sciences "Kitab AI-Shifa" presenting principles that inspired scholars like Leonardo Da Vinci.
Animal Care by: FSTC Limited By way of faith, Muslims have a strong regard for the care of animals. This is due to the attention that the Prophet (peace be upon him) gave to the wellbeing and good-treatment of other creatures of God. Muslims believe that an ill-treated animal will testify against its abuser before God. This article provides a deeper insight into the Islamic attitude towards animals.
The Secret Gardens of Sana'aby: Tim Mackintosh-Smith In this article Tim Mackintosh-Smith investigates the horticultural past of Sana'a. Whereas as once Yemen at large was well known as a land lavishly green, Mackintosh-Smith discovers quite a different story amidst a city coping with the conflicting demands of modernity, and rumours of an increasingly nostalgic history.
Islamic Aesthetics, Gardens and Natureby: FSTC Limited Sensory beauty, whether it be in feats of architecture or calligraphy, has long been a pursuit of Islamic civilisation. Achievements such as the Alhambra pertain to this fact. This article further describes the results of Muslims striving for beauty in their environment.
Cats in Islamic Cultureby: Cem Nizamoglu This article describes the various cultural representations associated to cats in Islamic civilisation and shows examples of the respect, love and understanding with which cats were treated and regarded in Islamic history. This original attitude has developed throughout the history of Islam and crystallised in strong cultural and mystical dimensions, of which we find evident and numerous traces in Islamic art, science, medicine, and zoology.
Ecology in Muslim Heritage: A History of the Hima Conservation Systemby: FSTC Limited A hima is a reserved pasture, where trees and grazing lands are protected from indiscriminate harvest on a temporary or permanent basis. It existed in the Middle East before Islam; but it was treated as a private reserve for powerful chieftains. This institution knew a renaissance in the last decades, when major political, economical and social changes took place in the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula. The paper reviews the changes that have taken place in Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen with regard to the hima.
Knowledge versus Natural Disasters from Arabic Sourcesby: FSTC Limited The aim of this paper is to investigate the various aspects of preparedness and response to natural disasters in the Arabic speaking lands during the 15th and 16th centuries, with comparison to earlier writings. Two natural disasters are focused upon: earthquakes and typhoons. Relying on specialised literary sources dedicated to these matters, the author draws also on jurisprudence opinions and decrees to describe the variety with which disasters were perceived and the different means with which they were prevented in Islamic civilisations.
The following short article is based on the notes for a speech presented to the Muslim Heritage Awareness Group held at the Royal Society in London, 14 July 2009. The MHAG is a consulting network to the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC). The theme for this meeting was Environment and Muslim Heritage. The notes were published on Sir Crispin Tickell website.